Select and Implement an Intrusion Detection and Prevention System

Reduce risks to critical systems and data with IDPS-enabled visibility and responsiveness.


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An immature selection and implementation process for the IDPS solution may lead to the following:

  • Wasted investment on an IDPS solution that doesn’t meet your requirements.
  • Organization is subject to vulnerabilities if the IDPS solution is ineffective for your specific network security needs.
  • Inefficient allocation of resources when selecting and implementing the solution.

A formalized selection and implementation process for IDPS leads to the following benefits:

  • Clear understanding of how IDPS benefits the organization.
  • Thoroughly documented audit trail.
  • Confidence that the most applicable solution is chosen to address specific organizational needs.

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Module 1: Launch Your IDPS Selection Project

The Purpose

  • Identify the advantages of IDPS to your organization.
  • Analyze the costs and benefits of the solution.
  • Prepare for the selection process.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of how to quantify the value of the IDPS solution.
  • Justified argument for the cost of the IDPS solution.
  • Formally documented procurement process.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Identify drivers behind IDPS procurement.
  • Rationale behind the IDPS procurement.
1.2 Assess IDPS appropriateness.
  • Understanding of the appropriateness of the tool.
1.3 Understand cost-benefits of IDPS.
  • Completed IDPS Financial Calculator.
1.4 Identify staff resourcing and stakeholders.
  • Identification of staff and stakeholders.
1.5 Create IDPS selection project plan.
  • Completed IDPS Procurement Project Charter.
1.6 Determine metrics for IDPS evaluation.
  • List of metrics to assess the solution.
1.7 Select pilot group.
  • Pilot group identified to test the solution.

Module 2: Analyze IDPS Requirements and Shortlist Vendors

The Purpose

  • Determine what you need from an IDPS solution.
  • Understand the use case that applies to your organization.
  • Identify the top solutions for your organizational needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Alignment of IDPS requirements with the business.
  • Appraisal and identification of the applicable IDPS use-case scenarios to ensure evaluation of the most relevant features.
  • Effort saved in evaluating all vendors; only focus on the shortlist.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Gather and align requirements for IDPS.
  • Documented functional and solution requirements.
  • Aligned requirements for IDPS.
2.2 Determine your best-fit use-case scenario(s).
  • Identified applicable use-case scenarios.
2.3 Review Info-Tech’s vendor evaluation.
  • Formal evaluation of the marketspace.
2.4 Create custom vendor shortlist from relevant scenarios.
  • Shortlist of vendors who provide the best solution given your needs.

Module 3: Plan Your Procurement Process

The Purpose

  • Focus on solution requirements that matter.
  • Streamline the RFP development.
  • Prepare a script for the vendor demo.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Optimized selection based on relevant requirements.
  • Formalized RFP document.
  • Standardized process to fairly test the products.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Create and prioritize solution requirements.
  • Prioritized solution requirements.
3.2 Determine key advanced features.
  • Custom IDPS Vendor Landscape Shortlist and Detailed Feature Analysis Tool
3.3 Create and evaluate RFP document.
  • Completed and optimized RFP document.
3.4 Develop vendor demo script.
  • Comprehensive vendor demo script.

Module 4: Plan Your IDPS Implementation

The Purpose

  • Prepare to implement the IDPS solution.
  • Streamline the hand-off to Operations.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined IDPS implementation plan.
  • Efficiently hand off IDPS implementation to operations.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Create implementation plan.
  • Formalized implementation plan.
4.2 Re-evaluate metrics for implementation.
  • Confirmed metrics for IDPS.
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